What we're about

We're a Buddhist temple between Chatham and Canaan, NY offering a weekly meditation service and potluck and other programming to foster wisdom and compassion.

The Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center / Jiunzan Tendaiji and the Tendai Buddhist Institute, (est. 1997) is a branch temple of Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei (the administrative center of the Tendai School and the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism), and an official North American representative of the Tendai School. We are also fully authorized as a training center for the education of priests and the establishment new temples in North America.

As compassion (karuṇā) is a central virtue of the Mahayana Buddhist path, the name for our village temple in East Chatham, NY is “Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center.” In both name and practice, it is our collective aspiration that the practice of Tendai Buddhism can be a source of compassionate teachings of the Buddha throughout the world.

Rev. Shōshin Ichishima gave the main hall its name: Jiunzan Tendaiji, “Compassionate Mountain Cloud Tendai Temple” as it reflects the natural surroundings of the Berkshire Mountains.

The name Tendai Buddhist Institute refers to the educational wing of our organization, which oversees the training and education of priests and the establishment of new Sanghas.

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekly Wednesday Meditation

Tendai Buddhist Institute

Weekly Meditation Service Meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm. A Dharma talk and discussion is held in the main house. Then a meditation service is held in the Main Hall, comprising of a Daily Service Program, and two periods of meditation. This is followed by a potluck dinner, ending around 9 pm. It is suggested to attend all portions, but is not necessary. All weekly services are open to the public.

Weekly Wednesday Meditation

Tendai Buddhist Institute

Weekly Meditation Service Meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm. A Dharma talk and discussion is held in the main house. Then a meditation service is held in the Main Hall, comprising of a Daily Service Program, and two periods of meditation. This is followed by a potluck dinner, ending around 9 pm. It is suggested to attend all portions, but is not necessary. All weekly services are open to the public.

Weekly Wednesday Meditation

Tendai Buddhist Institute

Weekly Meditation Service Meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm. A Dharma talk and discussion is held in the main house. Then a meditation service is held in the Main Hall, comprising of a Daily Service Program, and two periods of meditation. This is followed by a potluck dinner, ending around 9 pm. It is suggested to attend all portions, but is not necessary. All weekly services are open to the public.

Weekly Wednesday Meditation

Tendai Buddhist Institute

Weekly Meditation Service Meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm. A Dharma talk and discussion is held in the main house. Then a meditation service is held in the Main Hall, comprising of a Daily Service Program, and two periods of meditation. This is followed by a potluck dinner, ending around 9 pm. It is suggested to attend all portions, but is not necessary. All weekly services are open to the public.

Past events (34)

Weekly Wednesday Meditation

Tendai Buddhist Institute

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